Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Judge reserves decision in conflict case

A Thunder Bay city councillor must wait before a judge rules on allegations that he was in a conflict of interest. Justice Douglas Shaw of the Superior Court of Justice has reserved his decision in a case that involves city councillor Robert Tuchenhagen. Tuchenhagen is being accused by city businessman Gilles Mondoux of a conflict of interest in connection with the purchase of a building on Hardisty Street

Online gambling could lead to addiction

Provincially regulated online gambling isn't sitting well with the Sister Margaret Smith Gambling addiction center.  Spokesperson Amber Trochimchuk is worried young people will be attracted to online gambling. Trochimchuk says online gambling will also make gambling available to Northwestern Ontario's remote communities.

Pot bust in Neebing Township

Another marijuana growing operation is out of business in the Thunder Bay area. Police say they executed a search warrant at a property located on Minnisto Road in Neebing Township on Tuesday. There were 265 pot plants seized that they say had a street value of over a quarter million dollars. 4 people are charged and will be in court in October.

LU gets research funding from the province

Lakehead University will be upgrading its research equipment in the water protection field. The upgrades are being paid for by the provincial government thanks to almost 172 thousand dollars in funding. Researcher Doctor Peter Lee says the upgrades are long overdue and will allow the university to keep up with industry standards.  The research is intended to help protect our waterways.

American Man turned away from border

An Ilinois man is speaking out after being denied entry into Canada at the Fort Frances border crossing last month. 55-year-old Paul Pepper was part of a bus tour headed for a fishing lodge near Dryden and was questioned about a criminal report dating back to 1972. Pepper claims charges laid were eventually dismissed, but was denied entry and forced to walk back to International Falls. Pepper has written to a variety of government agencies and the Canada Border Service Agency, but so far has not received any response.

Maple Leaf recalls Garlic Sausage

There's another food recall in Northwestern Ontario.  Maple Leaf Foods is recalling its Country Morning Garlic Sausage Ring and Olympic Fine Meats Ukrainian Garlic Sausage.  The company recalled the sausages because they have milk in them and it wasn't listed on the package.  The sausages were sold in Kenora and Thunder Bay.